Why do we think that God’s Word won’t work? We do that more often than we will probably admit. I was reading Ro. 12 this morning, and there are several verses that remind us what the Lord says about 1 subject:
- “Ask God to bless everyone who mistreats you. Ask Him to bless them and not to curse them.” (vs. 14)
- “Dear friends, don’t try to get even. Let God take revenge.” (vs. 19)
- “If your enemies are hungry, give them something to eat. And if they are thirsty, give them something to drink. This will be the same as piling burning coals on their heads.” (vs. 20)
From the youngest of ages, this is something we have to begin learning. It goes against the flesh-nature of us all. Kids learn immediately that they want their way. They learn immediately who they feel safe around and who they don’t. And find out who they can and cannot trust.
Same for us. But, as Christians, we are told how to we are to handle the situation. We are told to pray for them. Ask God to bless them. And then, if they need something, we are to supply that need, trusting that God’s Word is actually true. If we say we believe in His Word, then we prove it by doing all of it, not just some, right? Eeeeeek.
Jesus said, “I tell you love your enemies and pray for anyone who mistreats you.” Does that mean we have to allow an enemy in our lives, submitting to them every minute? I don’t know. I hope not. Wisdom from the Lord, and discernment from the Holy Spirit are certainly very helpful things to have in our lives, to guide us as we make decisions.
But we can pray for anyone, and forgive, finding the love of God for anyone…loving them as Christ loved us. This will enable God to do the work that only He can do, and let Him prove that He and His Word are mighty and true.
We can’t just pick out all the parts of the Word that we want and leave the rest. He will honor it all. And He can be trusted.